Our flat in London is being overtaken by these fellas - sorry about the poor quality picture but we haven't got a better camera. We've found about 20 of these bugs in the last few days, they're about 1.5cm long (but varying), mostly found sitting on a wall in a dark staircase but also crawling round in other parts of the flat. They mostly crawl quite slowly and seem pretty docile, though one of them surprised us by opening its wings and flying for a foot or two. That's the only time we've seen one fly, which I guess means they have wings!
As you can see, the bugs are almost orange in colour, with light brown and going to darker brown towards the eges.
We're a bit worried about our flat being taken over by these monsters and any germs they might be carrying around. Can anyone help??
Edit 28 May 2014: wrong ID - see below.
It's a "blood-sucker", although it doesn't feed on blood at all. They feed on flowers. I think the species is Rhagonycha fulva, and is also known as "soldier beetle".
I hope this helps.
Message was edited by: Florin - Museum ID team
Yes that's the one indeed! Thank you for your help, that's amazing.
It's weird that they are coming in our flat since we have no house plants. Oh well, I guess they like the warmth of our flat or the smell or something.
Thank you so much,
I'm coming back to this two years later to make a correction. I have mistakengly identified this as the soldier beetle Rhagonycha fulva. Today I've learned that although it has the same general colour, this is in fact a Wharf Borer, Nacerdes melanura. The adults appearing in a house must come out of some wood objects where the larvae have survived perhaps for years.
I'm sorry I was wrong two years ago and I apologise for any trouble caused by my mistake.
Wow, they do look similar! Thank you for your correction, though we moved out of that house last year, so the bugs are long gone from our lives. They gradually just dissipated and disappeared - we kept catching and letting out of house as many as we could and eventually they stopped coming. They must have been nested in a wooden bed frame we had at the time.
Thank you so much for all your help!